Sarah's February 2020 pick
Having grown up smack dab in the middle of the Evangelical Purity Movement, this book was a breath of fresh air. Linda Kay Klein and the women she interviewed provided the words that helped illuminate the discouragingly ambiguous feelings I have struggled for so long to articulate. This book was life-changing for me. There are parts I could have written myself. Struggles I have experienced (and still do) that other women describe so similarly to my own. It's both heartbreaking and comforting to know that I'm not alone.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who was raised in, is close with someone who was raised in, or even raised their own children in the Purity Movement.
Sarah's January 2020 pick
In his second stand-alone YA novel, Dave Connis tackles the timely subject of censorship.
When Clara Evans starts her senior year at her private high school, she’s on a high from just having been nominated for the prestigious Founders Scholarship due to her work creating a non-profit that constructs and runs “Tiny Little Libraries”. However, before the first day of school officially begins, she stumbles upon a confidential email while volunteering at her school’s library. In it, she learns that there was a large list of “prohibited media” - most of which were books that had shaped the course of her life.
Now, she is faced with a challenge of what to do: ignore what she saw and finish out her high school days in blissful and intentional ignorance or potentially jeopardize her scholarship (and sanity!) and fight back.
This. Book. Is. Amazing.
I love how it shows the importance of open and free access to all books; how books shape lives; how every book can mean something different to each individual because of the filters through which we view our world. The vital message that we cannot fear the power of ideas if we truly want to be free rings true throughout this story